AuthorPilgrim, Danya M.
SubjectAfrican American business and entrepreneurship
Antebellum dining and entertainment
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AbstractThis essay surveys the work of black public waiters in nineteenth-century Philadelphia and considers how they transformed menial domestic jobs into lucrative businesses. The work of public waiters in this era helped develop a catering trade for which the city became well-known. Sources such as print culture, financial records, censuses, and directories reveal a transitional period in which public waiters negotiated a new role. From the 1820s through the antebellum era, as public waiters developed entrepreneurial catering businesses, they also helped build the black community, effect social mobility, and change eating culture.
CitationPilgrim, Danya M. "Masters of a Craft: Philadelphia's Black Public Waiters, 1820–50." The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 142, no. 3 (2018), 269-293. https://doi.org/10.1353/pmh.2018.0030
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Has partVol. 142, No. 3, October 2018
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